It’s kind of funny…scrolling through Facebook has become, almost a bit of a luxury here recently. Before, in NYC, it was just another time killer when I was bored or waiting for the subway. But here in Ohio, it’s an extravagance if I have a free 3 minutes to scroll through my FB timeline. There’s just no time.
But yesterday, I was lavished with a few minutes to luxuriate on my phone.
Actually, it was the entire day. I have never received such a thoughtful gift in my life. My brother and sister-in-law surprised me yesterday with an incredibly beautiful day: a trip to the spa and beautiful 5-course dinner at a restaurant that caters to people with stomach issues, cocktails at a fun bowling bar, and sleep over at their place downtown. It was so wonderful.
But while I was sitting in the spa chair, I flipped through Facebook and came upon this quote, and I really liked it.
“Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hands in everything.”
Looking at my phone while a woman worked on my feet, I began to feel a little…step-sister-to-cinderella-y, so I decided to unplug from “Zuckerberg’s Bermeuda Triange” and engage in conversation with this nice woman.
We talked about the city and her life. How she was divorced with three kids. And just, typical “fluff conversation.” You know, your typical nail-technician/pedicure-lite topics.
But then out of the blue, I decided to ask her, “Are you reading any good books?” Which…if you know anything about me, then you’ll realize how ridiculous of a question that is…because…I don’t read. Like, ever.
I like to write. Hate to read. I think the last book I read was circa 2006. Not even kidding…
So as a result, I don’t typically talk about reading either, simply because I have diddly squat to add to the conversation.
But there I was, getting my toes done, and I hear those words just come out of my mouth…“Are you reading any good books?”
And this woman actually had a lot to say.
I could tell in her body language and tone of voice that she was a little … almost embarrassed or self conscious … about the book.
“Well, yeah, it’s this kinda…really interesting…kinda…out there book. It’s uhh, about dating and love life and just…uh…being done with playing games.”
Oh, cool. Sounds interesting. What’s it called?
“Oh, uuh…” She was fumbling to answer… “It’s called The Wait. It’s about, you know, maybe, waiting until you’re married to have sex. I’m just, I guess, trying it out my second time around.”
And I mean, as soon as she said the title, I knew what it was going to be about. She didn’t have to spell it out for me. But what she communicated between the lines, spoke volumes.
And as she kind of shrugged it off and shook her head, I looked at her and said, “I’m waiting too.”
And let me tell you, this woman just lit up. All of a sudden, it was as though we were twins separated at birth on a reunion show on Dr. Phil, because this woman gave me a huge hug. She just opened up about how she’s been feeling so discouraged and alone in that journey lately, and how she believed that our paths were supposed to cross that day.
It was a really beautiful moment.
After the pedicure, I opened my phone, and it was still on that Facebook page. “Those who leave everything in God’s hands will begin to see God’s hands in everything.”
And I kind of chuckled to myself, because God’s hands really were in that meeting between that woman and I. The last thing she said to me was, “We were supposed to meet.”
Little did I know that simply asking this woman what book she was reading would end up being an incredibly healing interaction, full of encouragement and hope for her.
And that was not my doing, but His doing.
That night, my sister-in-law and I were talking about how she’s trying to really be aware of God’s presence: in life’s “coincidences,” in our conversations and interactions with people, in the silence. And we both were pretty stunned when I told her about my little run-in during my pedicure, of all things.
God is always taking care of us, giving us what we need. It may not be in the most obvious or grandiose of ways, but He’s always around…if we only take a minute and look up from our phones and interact with the people God places in our lives.
I guess it was a divine “buff and polish.” Maybe that means it won’t chip!
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